Steam-it's not just newspapers but electronic communications as well. I cringe whenever I hear "choo choo", but people persist in using it, although steam has been retired from regular main line service in North America for over 40 years now.
Shortlinerailroader-a certain dimness on lots of topics. A number of years ago a CSX freight collided with a MARC passenger train here in suburban Maryland. I watched the extensive news coverage the next day and noted how little the news reporters knew about the railroad and operations. It caused me to reflect on what other news stories weren't being accurately reported due to a reporter's unfamiliarity with a given topic.
Recently an amateur radio friend of mine had to respond to his workplace when a fuel line supplying a diesel generator ruptured, causing hot fuel to be sprayed on the diesel, igniting a small fire that was quickly controlled by shutting off the fuel source. However, the Washington DC media reported this as a generator "explosion" for a couple of days.
I guess part of this can be blamed on deadlines and insufficient time to research a topic but also on "reporters" who know how to look good in front of a camera but are lacking in technical inclination and background.
Art Audley, AA3RT
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